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Lawyers: FBI removed lead agent in corruption case

August 15, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys for a defendant arrested in an FBI sting involving a California state senator claim the FBI removed its lead agent from the corruption case over unspecified financial improprieties.

The claim was made Thursday in a filing by lawyers for Keith Jackson, a former political fund-raiser for Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat.

Defense attorneys argue that the FBI sting operation was part of a wide-ranging federal effort to entrap targets and included lavishing Jackson with tens of thousands of dollars for lawful actions.

The filing says FBI wiretap applications in the case revealed that the unidentified FBI agent had been removed from the case following an internal probe of FBI financing and record-keeping. No further details were included.

The U.S. attorney’s office has declined comment on the filing.

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